Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200124

We’ve all heard the saying, “when you have your health, you have just about everything.” Many would successfully argue with the validity of this statement.  However, American author Augusten Burroughs added just a short addendum to that statement that I … Continue reading

Homemade Mac and Cheese Casserole

Recipe I believe I may have put this recipe in my column before but it’s worth repeating. I now make this Mac and Cheese casserole for almost every family gathering we have. My daughter is a vegetarian and I like … Continue reading

Royals to Canada? Good luck with Canada Customs!

A Canada Customs arrival booth, Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver. January 23, 2020. “NEXT!” Custom agent: “Just the two of you travelling together?” “Yes sir. We had a baby but we left him…where’d we leave him, honey? Oh yeah, in some … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – It’s time for corporate Canada to earn their tax breaks

It’s an established economic principle that people respond to incentives such as a reward for good behaviour or punishment for bad behaviour.  Most people understand this on an innate level without ever looking at the studies that backs this up.  … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200117

Now that the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season is over, I’m happy to say I feel refreshed and eager to tackle the many issues that affect all of us as Northern Ontarians. I know we are already two … Continue reading

Applesauce Muffins

Recipe As I write this column, I am enjoying one of these tasty muffins with my coffee. They definitely pair well with a hot cup of coffee or tea; or a big glass of cold milk. They have a delicious, … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions-2020 Not Mine,Yours

In the upcoming year, 2020, I hereby resolve to become vegetarian, double the distance of my daily walk, watch and listen to less news programs and above all quit lying about quitting meat, doing more exercise and messing with a … Continue reading

Service cuts coming home to roost

While it’s tempting to view the role of a government through the lens of big national and international issues, there is a lot of administrative work that comes with the job as well.  Ministers inherit full departments staffed with bureaucrats … Continue reading

This week’s tip is to set at least two earth-friendly resolutions for the new year! Here are some examples:

Welcome to Local Hippie’s weekly tip for living a greener life! Each week we will provide you with a quick tip to help you reduce your carbon footprint and change the world. This week’s tip is to set at least … Continue reading

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Recipe I love mushrooms but they are one of those vegetables that someone either loves or hates. Both of my sons detest mushrooms and so over the years I have done my best to leave them out of dishes that … Continue reading